Punishment severity and confidence in the criminal justice system

 

Author(s)Sprott, Jane B., Cheryl Marie Webster and Anthony N. Doob
Title Punishment severity and confidence in the criminal justice system
Source Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice,April 2013, Volume 55, No. 2, pp279-292
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary This article explores the relationship between confidence in the criminal justice system in Canada and the rate at or duration for which people are imprisoned. Responses to the General Social Survey for 2009 on victimisation that suggested that sentences were too lenient and the survey participants lacked confidence in the justice system, are examined in relation to sentencing outcomes in ten Canadian provinces. The results showed that there was little consistent relationship between public confidence and punitiveness, as measured by the rate at or duration for which offenders are imprisoned. The authors conclude that the evidence does not support that increasing punishment will increase public confidence in the criminal justice system.   
Keywords Criminal justice system; confidence; punitiveness; sentencing; perceptions; General Social Survey.
Topic Victims needs